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Last Updated: Wednesday, 31 January 2007, 10:17 GMT
Vincent upset by Aussie sledging
L Vincent
As blokes they've got no time for you, so to stick it to them a bit is my motivation

Lou Vincent
New Zealand's Lou Vincent has spoken out about the Australian team's tactics to unsettle batsmen, saying he was a victim of sledging in Perth.

Vincent, back in the Kiwi squad after the retirement of Nathan Astle, said: "They hunt like a pack of dogs. There's not just one guy going at you.

"I love that part of the game but as soon as they start calling you all sorts of stuff it gets a bit tiring.

"They think they're bigger than the game. It's about standing up to them."

Vincent's first innings in the series reaped him a healthy score of 66 in a match that the Aussies, unbeaten in the one-day series, won by eight runs.

He added another half-century in New Zealand's easy victory over England on Tuesday and now has his sights set on a rematch with the hosts on Sunday.

He said of Australia: "Sure, you're talented, you've got great players and you win most of the time.

"But as blokes they've got no time for you. So to take them on and stick it to them a bit is my motivation."

Kick a cockroach from here to the wall and we'd want to be competitive

Australia's Matthew Hayden

Australia opening batsman Matthew Hayden top-scored in the match with 117 and was quick to respond to Vincent's remarks.

He said: "If he considers that to be the case, I'm not unhappy about it to be honest.

"It's a great clash between New Zealand and Australia and long may it continue.

"It doesn't matter what sport, we could be playing - kick a cockroach from here to the wall and we'd want to be competitive."

Hayden said Australia had taken the sport to another level after their 2005 Ashes demise at the hands of England.

He said: "We've made a few changes but we've fought very hard since [the Ashes loss] and we're proud of what we've achieved.

"It's come from a lot of hard work over a long period of time and that pure Aussie guts and determination to really stick at it and now we're in a position to dominate."

SEE ALSO
Aussies top NZ in batting battle
28 Jan 07 |  England
Astle announces shock retirement
26 Jan 07 |  New Zealand
Commonwealth Bank Series 2006/07
21 Jan 07 |  England


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